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The Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes, is a 54 member board of local elected officials and citizen members, appointed to represent you on regional issues. This board is supported by a staff of 18 professionals with broad experience, and doctorates or masters degrees, in a variety of areas including urban and regional planning, community development, economics, engineering, government, history, law, landscape architecture, political science, sustainable development, transportation, geography and other disciplines.

Public Listening Sessions for Transportation Planning

The Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Regional Planning Commission, the local Metropolitan Planning Organization, will be holding two Public Listening Sessions on the Transportation Planning Process for the New Orleans Metropolitan Planning Area. The FHWA and FTA welcome the public to voice their opinions on the planning process for the area. The times and locations are:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Regional Transportation Management Center St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers
10 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 21490 Koop Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70124 Mandeville, LA 70471

For information about the Public listening Sessions please click here.

The Regional Planning Commission September 2018 Newsletter is now available. Topics in this edition include:

  • 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Comment Period Now Open
  • EPA Awards RPC $600,000 for Brownfields Assessments
  • Mississippi River Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony in St. Bernard Parish
  • Free Bicycle Helmets and Light Kits Distributed via RPC's Safe Streets For Everyone Campaign
  • Agenda Now Available for the Clean Fuels Summit 2018 at NOLA Motorsports Park
  • EPP Discusses Hurricane Season 2018, Tours University Medical Center
  • Upcoming meetings, events, and more!

  • Click here to access the newsletter. To sign up for our email distribution list, please contact Courtney Young at

The FY Year 2019 - 2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is available

The FY-19-22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the New Orleans, Slidell, Mandeville-Covington, and Tangipahoa Parish urbanized areas were approved on May 8, 2018. They are now available to view and download.

New Orleans Region TIP ( 2018-2022)
St. Tammany Region TIP (2018-2022)
Tangipahoa Region TIP (2018-2022)

RPC Promotes Life-Saving Programs and Infrastructure Improvements at Louisiana's Highway Safety Summit

Louisiana is on a mission to reach Destination Zero Deaths . In order to get there, collaboration between Enforcement, Emergency Services, Engineering, and Education (the four E's) is critical. To facilitate the exchange of ideas and national best practices, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) held their biennial Destination Zero Deaths Highway Safety Summit. North Shore Regional Safety Coalition Coordinator Nelson Hollings participated in a panel of top safety experts to emphasize the importance of data-driven highway safety initiatives such as the Stop the Knock program which aims to reduce vehicle fatalities in Louisiana.

The State of Louisiana Submits Proposal for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designation

As part of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and to improve the mobility of alternative fuel vehicles, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requested states to nominate Alternative Fuel Corridors with plug-in electric vehicle charging, propane, compressed and liquefied natural gas (CNG and LNG), and hydrogen fueling along interstates. Louisiana, through the Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) submitted a request for alternative fuel corridor designation during the second round of nominations. RPC's Clean Fuel Partnership submitted stations and data from the region and provided feedback on the preliminary map renderings.

2019-2023 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Coming Soon!

The RPC engages in long-term analysis of the economic conditions of the region and works with local partners to develop the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), a five-year strategy used as a policy document to guide EDA funding awards. The CEDS is a data-driven document developed according to EDA criteria and with the guidance of the CEDS Strategy Committee comprised of parish and regional economic development organizations, workforce development providers, entrepreneurial accelerators, and other key providers of assistance to businesses in the region.


2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses Operation (LUCA)

LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau's residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau relies on a complete and accurate address list to reach every living quarters and associated population for inclusion in the census. The Census Address List Improvement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-430) authorizes the LUCA.

RPC has joined the current LUCA count of residential and group quarters to the Census Block Tiger Geography of 2016 for use in GIS.  The entire state of Louisiana can be found in the file below.  Directions to subset your parish are included in the methodology paper

Download 2020 LUCA Census GIS Files
Download URISA Census 2020 FAQ
Download 7-zip (to unzip GIS file)
Download 2020 LUCA Training Powerpoint
View 2020 GUPS Demo Video (MP4)
Download the URISA Geospatial Data Act FAQ


CENSUS 2010: Download GIS files

(PL-171-redistricting data)

Census 2010 parish, tract, block group and block geographies joined with total population, population by race, and housing occupancy data.  These files are formatted as shapefiles for use in GIS software (download is a zipped file).    A methodology paper describing the RPC process of downloading and formatting categorical names and of summarizing race data is available with each download. 
For a quick map view demonstrating demographic changes between 2000 and 2010 please click on the hyperlink below and zoom into your specific area of interest:

NY Times: Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census

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